Commercial Aviation News

The latest news and analysis about new airlines and airliners entering service, new routes being opened up by the world’s many carriers, their cabin offerings, and many other topics can be found here. From the future of one long-haul aircraft type to the retirement of another, the mix of airliners that the airlines operate is changing.

Airlines continue to grow in number in Asia while Europe sees operators fold in their challenging mature market but new routes between the two continents continue to be opened. Alliances between airlines shift and mergers have seen fewer airlines in North America while carriers in the Far East have proliferated. Despite China’s dominance in manufacturing and a strong export sector, air freight has stagnated on long-haul routes while internet shopping boosts the industry’s short-haul profitability.

Airlines are constantly having to adopt new technologies and tactics to deal with increasing volumes of passengers, security threats and environmental challenges. More and more biofuels are being approved for use and airlines in recent years have used them for revenue earning flights, while also investing in the most efficient engines.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Celebrates Maiden Aircraft Milestone

New UAE subsidiary of the European low-cost carrier takes delivery of its first aircraft, marking a major step ahead of its October launch

KLM’s Flying-V Model Makes Maiden Flight

Scale model of Dutch flag carrier’s Flying-V project takes to the skies for the first time following a series of extensive wind tunnel and ground tests

Embraer to Cut Jobs Following Failed Boeing Deal

Brazilian manufacturer attributes further workforce reductions to COVID-19 and a partnership that turned sour

Virgin Atlantic Announces Further Major Job Losses

While announcing the completion of a £1.2bn rescue plan, Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a range of steps it will be taking to protect the business

Airlines and Airports Agree on Winter Slots Waiver

Ahead of the winter season, airlines, airports and slot coordinators across Europe have agreed on conditions for waiving the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule and are waiting for the green light from regulators

Unusual plan for Brandenburg Airport revealed

Following nearly 15 years of construction and over £6 billion, Berlin Brandenburg Airport is scheduled to open on October 31 – and easyJet and Lufthansa will be marking the occasion in style…

Wizz Warns of Capacity Growth Freeze

The European low-cost carrier says travel restrictions imposed around its network could force a slow-down in its anticipated capacity ramp-up

European Regulator Reveals 737 MAX Recertification Plans

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week revealed its test flight schedule for recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Aer Lingus Regional begins new route from Belfast

Aer Lingus Regional has launched a new route from George Best Belfast City Airport.

Passengers of Overbooked Flight Sue Airline for £20k Private Jet Charter

Two passengers of an unnamed German airline have filed a lawsuit in a Düsseldorf court after they were bumped off an overbooked flight and organised a private jet charter to transport them to their destination.

Corporate and Business Aviation News

On this page you will find the latest news on airlines expanding their fleets and changes in aircraft types, covering a wide range of airlines, countries and regions, whether it’s the growing regions of Asia and Africa or the more mature markets of Europe and North America.

Airlines are also examining new technologies and greater fuel efficiencies on the ground with electric power for taxiing. When passengers board the aircraft they have their faces recognised by a computer instead of airline staff checking boarding passes. Security threats were once hijacking terrorists, but now conflict zones’ airspaces are to be avoided and virus carrying passengers pose a problem for crew and customers alike.

Airlines across the planet are expanding their fleets and sometimes ordering as many aircraft as they have in service or even up to two to three times more. The aim of many airlines is to have the youngest fleet with the most efficient engines, and that may see a mix of orders and leasing. Aircraft development is seeing more truly international collaboration, from Airbus absorbing the Bombardier C series to Boeing and its joint venture with Brazil’s Embraer. Markets are seeing strategic manoeuvres by major players.

In business aviation, the corporate jet market aimed at the time constrained executive is being teased with supersonic jets that could enter service in the 2020s. This market is also seeing onboard technical improvements so aircraft can be tracked anywhere over land and oceans. The larger the corporate jet, the more valuable the asset to be tracked and secure. Another trend in the market has been more demand for larger business aircraft and that is set to continue well into this decade. These larger aircraft are also adopting new features aimed at passenger wellbeing with lower altitude cabin air pressures and lighting that compliments the body’s natural circadian rhythms.

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